Ever noticed how your hands form these almost perfect mirror images of each other? Almost perfect, because no matter how you orient them, it is impossible to perfectly superimpose them.
Human hands are perhaps the most recognized example of ‘chirality’, a fascinating molecular property where molecules might look exactly alike each other, but differ in symmetry. It plays a key role in properties of molecules, and as such is important for chemical synthesis, but it also impacts the fields of supramolecular chemistry and material science. Chirality has fascinated scientists ever since the 3D models of molecules were proposed by Theoretical Chemist van ‘t Hoff in 1875.
On Thursday the 2nd of June, the KNAW Van ‘t Hoff Stichting is delighted to present the Chirality Symposium, where the state of the art on chirality in different areas of chemistry will be discussed by some of the world’s most leading scientists on this topic today.
Chemists and other scientists with a fundamental understanding of chirality are welcome to join this one-day symposium. You can register free of charge via our registration form. The main language during the symposium is English.